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Despite shooting to fame as Margaery Tyrell in hit TV fantasy series ‘Game Of Thrones‘, Natalie Dormer is no stranger to the theatre world. In fact, the 35-year-old actress has regularly won critical acclaim for her stage performances, and her new West End show, ‘Venus In Fur’, is staggering proof as to why. Starring as Vanda Jordan in the two-hander play, Dormer gives an electric performance opposite David Oakes’ Thomas Novachek, with the pair together creating a brilliantly understated piece of theatre that is sure to enthral its audience night after night.

‘Venus In Fur’ follows Novachek’s attempt to cast the leading lady in his adaptation of 1870 novel ‘Venus In Furs’, with Dormer’s Vanda bursting into his office after hours and begging for the chance to audition. Vanda is uneducated, brash, and speaks before thinking, however, when a reluctant Novachek finally allows her to perform she switches- embodying the character of Wanda von Dunayev, much to everybody’s surprise. What follows is a captivating play-within-a-play as Vanda and Thomas read through the ‘sado-masochist’ script with regular intervals where they come back to reality and Vanda lets slip her astonishing insights into the novel and the unjust treatment of her character – leading to a truly unpredictable and memorising climax.

Throughout the play’s 90-minute run-time, Dormer is able to switch between her two hugely different characters with ease; seamlessly transitioning from brash, Brooklyn Vanda to well-spoken, European Wanda seemingly without a second thought and without ever losing her charming comedic timing. Despite spending the majority of the play in sexy lingerie, Dormer is able to maintain dominance on stage as her character fights to shift the power balance between herself/ Wanda and Thomas/ Severin von Kushemski.

Oakes also gives a convincing performance as Thomas gradually, and obviously, falls in lust with the wildly passionate Vanda, portraying a certain vulnerability as the play progresses, which was noticeably absent when we were first introduced to his exasperated character.The actors have an impressive connection as the only two people on stage and it doesn’t take long for the audience to become engrossed in the two stories, which unfold at a the perfect pace – giving the audience enough time to comprehend what is going on but not taking so long that patrons start to get bored.

The themes of misogyny and sexual injustice in Patrick Marber’s production of ‘Venus In Fur’ felt particularly timely given the current climate of the acting world, with the play opening its doors amid a wave of shocking sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – making Vanda’s audition all the more chilling… And the shock finale that little bit more satisfying.

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In her new West End role in Venus In Fur, the ex-Game Of Thrones star plays an actress auditioning for a part. “This play reminds you of the fear,” Dormer, 35, told the Standard at the press night after-party. “The moment you lose that fear that you’re not going to be employed tomorrow, then you lose your edge. You have to live in fear. You’re never home and dry as an actor. I also don’t think any actor has to draw deep to search for emotional rejection!”

Natalie at ‘Venus in Fur’ Press Night After Party held at Mint Leaf in London, UK. 17th October 2017

David Ives’s sexually charged two-hander examines issues of feminism and masochism. Dormer plays actress Vanda Jordan, who is auditioning for director Thomas Novachek, played by Oakes, for a production based on the 1870 novella Venus In Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Oakes, 34, who plays Prince Ernest in ITV’s Victoria, added: “There’s the old saying that you’re only as good as your last job. “I don’t think that’s quite right — I think you’re only as good as your next job. There’s no guarantee it’s ever going to come about, so you may as well do your last one as best as you possibly can.”

Dormer said of the play’s themes: “It feeds upon what feminism and humanism need to be in our modern society.” The actress rose to fame as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and later won the part of the ambitious Margaery Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, appearing in five seasons of HBO’s fantasy epic. She also starred in The Hunger Games films and has written her first movie, In Darkness, with fiancé Anthony Byrne. “I suppose I am drawn to strong characters,” she said at the party at Mint Leaf, Haymarket. “I like challenges. It’s like acting gymnastics. I always choose things on a case-by-case basis.”

Venus In Fur’s director, Patrick Marber, worked with Dormer when she starred in his play After Miss Julie at the Young Vic five years ago, the last time she trod the boards. She has previously spoken about her practical attitude to portraying sex. Last year, she told the Standard: “When I started my career, I was grateful to get the job. People would say, ‘The Tudors was so hyper-sexualised, why on earth would you make that decision?’ “Well, I made the decision because I was unemployed.”